3rd Southern California
Gala of Hope

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 5:00 PM
The Ritz-Carlton | Dana Point, CA


On May 6th, over 230 guests gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel for the 3rd Southern California Cure SMA Gala of Hope. This incredible evening raised over $170,000 in support of Cure SMA, and donations continue to be received. The event brought together families, researchers, doctors, business leaders, philanthropists, as well as film and TV starsall to raise funds to find a treatment and cure for SMA.

The event honored Dr. Perry Shieh of UCLA, for Patient Services and Kristina Bowyer of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, for Patient Advocacy. The evening consisted of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Promenade Lawn with a silent auction and live music by James Ian, followed by a three-course dinner, live auction, dancing and special presentations by Nikki McIntosh, event chair and mother of Miles, SMA type II and Kenneth Hobby, President of Cure SMA. The evening was a tremendous success for Cure SMA and inspired hope for all those that attended.

Thank you to our sponsors who generously supported this event: National Premier Sponsors Biogen and Avexis, Platinum Sponsors Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Leaf Communications, Dana Innovations, and Angels Baseball Foundation, Sapphire Sponsor First Foundation, Gold Sponsors Nicole Lomonaco Design and Dr. Cary Templin of Hinsdale Orthopedics, Silver sponsors ATI, CNA and The Zenith, Bronze Sponsors Bemus Landscape and Paige McDaniel of McDaniel Gilmore Group, and Media sponsors Orange Coast and Los Angeles magazine.

We'd like to thank our dedicated committee who made this night possible: Shannon Edwards, Annie Gendreau, Amy Liepold, Myrna Liepold, Nicole Lomonaco-Sunde, Traci Lupo, Paige McDaniel, Jenny McGraw, Nikki McIntosh, Rachel Neimeyer-Sutherland, Heather Netzer, Gretchen Simoneaux, and Miriam Wilkinson.

Thank you to our event partners who helped us create a beautiful evening including A Little Small Talk, Bringing Water to Life, California Coast Auctions, Devynn's Garden, Heather Netzer, DJ James Jordan, Lagomorph Films, Photographer Eddie Hom, and Optic Booth.

We'd also like to thank all who attended and supported the event. The passion and generosity of our community has helped fuel SMA research and progress and we now have the first-ever approved treatment and are closer to finding a cure.

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Event Information

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 5:00PM to 11:00PM
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA

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Event Schedule

Cocktails and Silent Auction: 5:00PM

Dinner: 7:00PM

Dancing: 9:30PM

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